DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
Finnish-born composer and conductor Edvard Armas Järnefelt was born into an important family in Vyborg (then in Finland) on 14 August 1869. He studied with Busoni in Helsinki and with Massenet in Paris. His sister Aino married Sibelius.
As a composer he's mainly known for the popular Præludium (1900) and the orchestral version of the Berceuse for violin and piano of 1904, but his output includes at least a hundred and twenty works, plus music for films and the stage.
Armas Järnefelt spent much of his career in Sweden, taking Swedish citizenship and working at the Royal Swedish Opera as repetiteur, conductor and then chief conductor. He died in Stockholm on 23 June 1958, aged eighty-eight.